Easy to follow bedtime routines

A healthy bedtime routine is important for kids

Easy to follow bedtime routines

Establishing a consistent bedtime routine is a prelude to a great night’s sleep, which is critical for young bodies and brains.

Here are some great ways to create healthy bedtime habits for you and your family.

Screen-free down time

Our electronic devices are an integral part of our lives. Even young children may spend a portion of time each day using tablets, mobile phones and e-readers. However, the light emitted from these devices can hinder sleep, so make sure you incorporate some screen-free down time before bed.

Great substitutes for these electronics are good old-fashioned books, storytelling time, board games and puzzles.

Brush up

Children and parents should learn more about preventive dental care and the importance of a healthy oral care routine. They can also give back and help other children in the community who may not have access to dental care.

A free downloadable coloring book from Coloring Home is a fun way for kids of all ages to develop creativity, focus, motor skills, color recognition and learn about keeping their teeth healthy.

“Brushing twice a day is a fundamental healthy habit. Kids are never too young to learn how to take care of their smile,” says Susan Dewhirst, goodness programs manager at Tom’s of Maine.

Set a schedule

Sticking to a set bedtime for kids may be difficult at first for both you and your children. But once everyone adjusts to the schedule, the benefits will be made clear.

A consistent bedtime policy will be easier to enforce, and kids’ internal clocks will likely adjust to the schedule over time. To determine an appropriate bedtime for your school-age kids, factor in the Mayo Clinic recommendation of nine to 11 hours of sleep per night.

For better sleep and healthy smiles, create bedtime routines for you and your family that are easy to follow.

Article provided by State Point